Water Polo Finishes Third in the NCAA Tournament
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.-- Sun Devil water polo finished third in the NCAA Championship Tournament after a 10-4 loss to USC on Saturday. This is the highest placing in the NCAA Tournament in program history, and the season will go down in the all-time record books.
Head Coach Todd Clapper is proud of his squad and praised the team's perseverance throughout the year, "it's been a great season for us, so this loss doesn't take away from that."
The Sun Devils scored in the opening possession of the game, and managed to hold the Trojans to just two goals in the first period. ASU tacked on two straight goals to take a 3-2 lead for their second lead of the game. The Trojans took charge in the second period, and took a 5-3 lead into the half after three unanswered goals.
PENALTY SHOT IS GOOD!! WE'RE TIED! ASU 2 | USC 2 — Sun Devil Water Polo (@SunDevilWP) May 15, 2021
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PENALTY SHOT IS GOOD!! WE'RE TIED!
ASU 2 | USC 2
— Sun Devil Water Polo (@SunDevilWP) May 15, 2021
This marks the end of the season for the Sun Devils, and what a season it was. The Sun Devils had three top-five upsets in the toughest division, and had multiple players enter the program record books with season and career milestones.
ASU 4, USC 10
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Amira Van Buren scored on the opening possession of the game to take a 1-0 lead.
- USC followed with two straight goals to take a 2-1 lead into the second period.
- Rogge made a penalty shot with 5:13 remaining in the second to tie the game at two.
- Alba Olive Marti scored on the power play to put ASU up 3-2 at the 4:28 mark in the second.
- USC scored three straight goals to take a 5-3 lead into the half.
- The Trojans scored four goals in the third to extend their lead to five.
- USC took a 9-3 lead into the final frame.
- Luca Petovary scored with 3:50 remaining in the fourth to make it a 10-4 game.